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live from the heart of moscow this is ots he. welcome to the program signs of discontent are still evident in unstable syria even after thousands of regime supporters crowded the streets of the capital activists say fresh clashes between government troops and demand in the north of the country have killed at least three president assad has promised meantime to establish a special committee to draw up a new constitution while international pressure builds on him to step down. syria has the latest from the heart of damascus. but voices of support was continued in descent some and in in deadly clashes polar opposites in their demands but in some way united by the newfound zeal to take a stand for here the fact that the syrian capital was have gathered to show their support for the government is going up far cry from the images we've been seeing in
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other cities around the country where there have been reported cautiously security force has ever had any government protests edition however one think it's a matter where in this country political discourse is sometimes the time that was the very day for you let's not be. alarmed her husband and young children were one of many families who braved the heat to enjoy the crowds in downtown damascus. it's true that we knew nothing about politics before but now we take a stand even if i'm a sunni muslim i'm pro this president. ever since most people started revealing their political stance openly some people would mock me and say since when do you know about politics what do you know there are divisions among family members some are pro a son some are anti but that's how it is. it appears that apathy is becoming less of an option for citizens of this nation now under intense in. you national
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scrutiny i never watched news i never cared you know i never never had any interest in politics but now i think most of us get it books we watch the news media articles and on facebook we want to know one people and then you have the right background and other issues about your country you can think of. yet there are those like the new i who sing who are no strangers to picking a side and making it known he's long been voicing his discontent and what he calls a repressive regime and today facebook is one of his main tools in cordoning to dissent coalition activism has evolved in syria for me i feel that my voice goes further now back then it started with stating an opinion that i'm going to jail that hitting dead and no one would even know about it that has changed now that people are more politically aware hussein has been thrown in jail says he was tortured and finds himself constantly looking over his shoulder i was detained for
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spreading the word on the violent crackdown in daraa but i'd feel like a coward if i didn't risk my life while those on the streets are doing so asking for the regime to fall a call staunchly opposed by those on the other side yet if it was to. get to the truth. you can find. one political curiosity and activism among syrians are growing whatever side of the divide they're on people here see the future of their country is at stake but all are adamant that future is firmly in their own hands. that's our cilia r.t. damascus. and i forgot to check twitter page to get the latest news and updates from our team of correspondents so you can easily follow. syria. and just hours ago she entered the central town of al arrest on it so a five days of clashes between protesters and sick. forces have taken place.
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evidence of. tends to stay on line for the very latest. and are still ahead for you this hour here on. desperate measure. to find more money and find it for. the ultimate life's not being served up in space. pepper spray and arrested but the determination of the occupy wall street protesters is growing along with their numbers. with a small group of activists camping outside the new york stock exchange in mid september has quickly spread nationwide and despite hundreds of arrests and claims of police brutality people are not giving up. reports. activists have
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been camping out in sleeping and demonstrating for weeks now and they seem as committed to this movement as they ever have been before if anything i think the arrests have inspired them to to fight harder and stronger for for their for democracy what they say for democracy for fair treatment for for balance and equality for all for all americans because that's at the core of what their movement is about these demonstrators are very committed to not acting violently they want to demonstrate as peacefully as civil because they don't want any violence to overtake their movement but of course we did see that violence break out in boston one hundred and forty one protesters that were taking part in occupy boston and were arrested more than the thousands turned out to demonstrate in
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conjunction with occupy wall street probably the most disturbing video was seen. police getting quite aggressive with u.s. veterans that were taking part in the movement against corporate interests and corporate influence over u.s. politics members of occupy wall street walked through manhattan particularly down park avenue and they went door to door to the homes of the five wealthiest new york city residents and that includes the c.e.o. of news corp rupert murdoch and also the c.e.o. of j.p. morgan chase diamond and these protesters were walking through the streets door men standing outside of the buildings were cheering them on when they got to the hole jamie diamond there was a police barricade out there but they continued to demonstrate and the reason they were demonstrating and and going door to door to the to the wealthiest new yorkers
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holmes is because at the end. this year two percent millionaire. will expire meaning the two percent that was required for millionaires to pay they won't have to pay any more come two thousand and twelve and a lot of these new yorkers say that this is an indication of how the wealthiest americans reap the largest rewards and if they're paying if they're going to be paying that mandatory tox a lot less revenue is going to be coming to new york city and new york state and the ninety nine percent what they call the ninety nine percent the majority of those living here are going to suffer and they say that's just an indication of the richest always reaping the benefits and the rewards and the common american always you know suffering the consequences. not right the thousands out on the streets of american cities are fed up with breaking their backs while corporations grow fat on the profits over the coals and the big bank mentality seems to be falling on inside
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the white house that's going on explains washington isn't ready to turn its back on old friends. investing in politics has proved to be good business in america just a few million dollars in contributions and some lobbying can bring it company billions in bailout loan guarantees tax refunds and other stimulus all of the expense of the average american taxpayer it's both in the election system and it's in the ongoing lobbying and service influence industry these are powerful powerful businesses their whole business model is around using influence to break the rules of the game in their favor so far u.s. corporations have been successful in ensuring that the laws introduced to regulate wall street after the financial meltdown of two thousand and eight don't function those measures were effectively scuppered by u.s. lawmakers the corporations were also successful in keeping their tax cuts intact and finding loopholes for getting billions of dollars in refunds the government
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over the one percent for the one percent by the one percent perpetuates itself passes rules that allows the banks to get deregulated it restricts our democracy three years after washington gave almost a trillion dollars of taxpayers' money to bail out corporate giants unemployment in the country is over nine percent the national debt is well past the tipping point and the congress is looking to cut essential social programs for her thousands of americans took to the streets to ask where is their bailout how can i moderate income surety that arrests a hundred nine filing people and doesn't arrest a single one of these bankers or the people because the screw ups are just models not mine in the meantime goldman sachs one of the main architects of the current crisis is richer than ever it is announced seventeen billion dollars in bonuses alone for its staff when asked about the impunity enjoyed by the corporations
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president obama said a lot of that stuff wasn't necessarily illegal it was just. immoral and many agree it pretty much stays that way but not only do the lawmakers come under fire for accepting generous contributions from corporations and then acting to return the favor but the president himself was accused of bias and thrown is mona number of occasions one of the most recent scandals involves a solar energy company cylindrical which went bankrupt and cost taxpayers almost six hundred million dollars that's the amount that the government approved in loan guarantees despite receiving persistent warnings about the company's financial stability the deal was pushed through by a foundation which in turn was a major donor to president obama's election campaign since last year corporations have been allowed to funnel as much money as they want into political campaigns now they don't even have to disclose the amounts they spend their time trying to buy elections is very serious the new law effectively gives the corporations even more
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influence in washington leaving many americans in fear that their voice might no longer count what drew all these people onto the streets of washington and other cities in the us is the understanding that their government and their legislators represent the interests of the top one percent as they call them the very wealthy corporations that can afford influence in washington to skew the system in their favor. going to check on our team washington d.c. . in tune with occupy wall street frustration over the power of the buying says a outspoken new york august immortal technique he told us they not only put a price tag on politicians but democracy itself. when we start costing them money when we start bleeding them down that's when they get the message that's when they get it through their heads oh my god when people look at this nation they see republicans completely in the hands of corporations democrats pandering to them
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nonstop we see them also involved now through the president as part of expanding war. i was explaining occupations not standing up for human rights you know being blind about several global issues that are important to people here because they reflect on our democracy what we do outside of america defines our democracy here. and you can hear more of what hip hop artist has to say in about a fifteen minutes time right here when i say. as the debt crisis tightens its hold on europe the e.u. commission chief has called on banks to increase their reserves to withstand the possible fallout from greece many are exposed to it as they hold billions in greek debt. also wants to see dividends and bonuses frozen until banks of. europe's banking regulator has estimated that it may need to raise some two hundred billion euros to safeguard them from future shocks are also noted that some of the
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cash may need to come from governments if banks can't raise it on the market british euro m.p. nigel roger says the commission's actions by designed to grab more power over the region. what it is it's a way of preparing the banks for the inevitable that are going to come from those eurozone countries and that's why they're recapitalizing the banks and i've been in this parliamentary chamber with mr barroso these people are absolutely intent on creating a united states of europe they don't care how many millions of people are chucked out of the unemployment scrap heap they don't care about the tide of human misery misery that they cause they have got their political goals all these bailouts helping the people in greece and portugal know who they're not what they're actually doing is they're giving money to these countries to give back to our banks money in the first place i mean the whole thing is what leads countries only who are trapped inside this economic prison. is they need to do you value without
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devaluation having austerity packages pushed a problem which is forcing them into a downward differ. we spiral which in my opinion in greece and possibly in portugal too could lead to revolution what we're doing is stupid and very very dangerous indeed there is now a split in europe from north to south and in the north we are witnessing a democratic revolution against the whole concept of the euro and the idea that people like mr bro so my old friend herman van ryn poyet should govern five hundred million people it is not acceptable all right are now a quarter past the hour here in the russian capital cosmonauts enjoying a long stay aboard the international space station food is one of the few distractions from their day to day routine but preparing a meal is no easy task for scientific chefs at home you must prepare a space safe menu that's both nutritional and tasty when we center peter out of a lunch that's out of this world. after travelling at phenomenal speed
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for two days cramped in the small space of a soyuz rocket cosmonauts arriving at the international space station going to be package but how do you eat in zero gravity. pretty well you have to be a bit more careful than down here on earth every little piece of food that gets out of your group will float away and you will not be able to keep track of it to make sure cosmonauts enjoy their lunch without worrying to the rogue morsel will disappear into the inner workings of some potentially lifesaving computer equipment the russian space agency designed this special table so it is that's what the deal is you know there are two heating compartments here and this area in between is a trap for crumbs it works like a regular vacuum cleaner this is important because choking on a crumb is very risky and zero gravity it can have grieved consequences. all the food eaten in space has to be specially prepared here on earth that preparation
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doesn't come cheap cosmonauts need three thousand calories a day the same as an olympic sprinter and providing that cost over six hundred dollars a day with most missions lasting for six months each cosmonauts grocery bill comes in at a hefty one hundred ten thousand dollars per mission and at those prices it's no wonder that the people behind cosmic catering a proud of their product. as the chief designer of space food twenty three years of experience in the space food industry i can proudly say that russia's space food provides healthiest sleepiest the most nutrition rich diet. even the most simple food requires special care and attention this factory in moscow produces space spirit and the work which goes into making it ready for all that is almost as high tech as the i assess itself. there is no mold in this bread you know mold spores we've developed the recipe which stops mold growth the
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bread doesn't go bad for fifteen months thanks to the special recipe and technologies we use when baking it but. even when it comes to something simple like bread there's still plenty of choice for your hungry cosmonaut. all in all we make five types of bread gingerbread white bread that's what i have here on the table now right bread with caraway bread moscow style and didn't read those currently around one hundred sixty options for cosmonauts on board the international space station including all of the taste from home from soups to main courses and desserts and even the basics from salt and pepper the bread. that all taste pretty good. after a hard day's work. it's nice to see the two live humanity's finest minds still have time to play with their food. good. you really ready
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good yummy here we'll move a couple this make it three. these are all of r.t. . and you can hear more voices in. comments what you'll find are interviews with cosmonauts plenty more stories to explore there here's a taste of what else you can find at. americans could soon see their speech rhythms blinking rates and breathing patterns under cia scrutiny as the latest scheme to track terrorists comes under fire. and one of saddam hussein's bronzer says going under the hammer is part of his famous statue of course find out what happened after it was torn down at r.t. thought. all right time for the world update here on r.t. let's go to some other world news in brief for you here libya's troops claiming a control of most of could have stronghold city of sirte are still facing pockets
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of heavy resistance from the colonel's loyalists reports that one of the sons. who was a senior army officer and security advisor has been captured in the perceived city has not yet been. human rights group amnesty international has accused the country's interim leadership of torturing thousands of detainees and called for the abuse to stop. police have arrested a man suspected of killing eight people and critically wounding one more in a shooting massacre at a california alone scott was apprehended as he fled the scene of the crime carrying a number of weapons while the motive for the shootout remains unclear there are reports that the cream was targeting his ex-wife a stylist at the hair salon. at least fifty have been injured after a powerful earthquake rocked the indonesian island of bali of the six point one magnitude quake damaged several buildings across the island which is famous for its
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resorts and sandy beaches the territories that make up indonesia are prone to volcanic and seismic activity of course in two thousand and four a massive earthquake killed over one hundred thousand people in the country's western most province. stringent tests are being carried out in japan after high levels of radiation were found in the cities of tokyo and yokohama the levels there are higher than in some areas that were evacuated around the crippled fukushima nuclear plant scientists working to map how far the contamination has spread as both cities are more than two hundred kilometers away from the disaster zone this comes seven months after an earthquake and tsunami brought fukushima close to a nuclear meltdown. and the shock waves from japan's a radioactive disaster reached as far as europe germany was one of the first to react by deciding to stop all use of nuclear power in just eleven years time the country hopes to get most of its energy from renewable sources as artie's tom
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barnes discovered it could be jumping the gun. germany has long had a strong green anti nuclear movement but it was one accident that finally turned the tide against nuclear power there. by twenty twenty two and the use of nuclear energy in germany so what now the green movement and its hopes for renewable energy have been given a huge boost renewables mostly wind turbines and solar panels currently supply eighteen percent of germany's electricity indeed germany has big plans for green energy i mean to go from eighteen to eighty percent renewables after the nuclear switch off but a closer look at the rush out of nuclear reveals there's more hope riding on its renewable replacements the natural readiness that planned eighty percent will take forty years at least and with nuclear electricity disappearing in germany in eleven
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years that will leave a decades long energy gap we have new. fire power plants here in order not to have that kind of blackout germans have long been a world leaders in their enthusiasm for a new about energy and their disdain for nuclear power now they've taken the leap of faith but it's far from when technologies like this will be able to take over or whether in fact germany will have to resort back to the fossil fuel age ironic seeing as the nuclear switch off was pushed by an anti emissions green lobby and it gets worse as any replacement power green or not will require billions of dollars of construction expense pushing up the cost of electricity energy and electricity prices in germany are pretty high compared to our competitors in europe now if they go for the rock then we think we'll lose competitive noise that could lead to major
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industries relocating to. duction out of germany but perhaps the greatest problem facing renewable efforts comes from the same public the back to nuclear shutdown in the first place it's easy to say you want renewables but already massive opposition is emerging to the massive power grid lines and infrastructure that will have to be built all over the country haptic acceptance i think it's a more concern is the greatest danger not the economics not pointed to policies support but it's a public acceptance all of which could leave germany very far from its green dreams of a renewable energy system. all right if you stay with us here and i'll take our interest now here with the business yes. hello welcome to business here in r.t. with the current american thanks for joining joining me despite the rubles
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rollercoaster last month russian lenders have seen no hike in the conversion of rival deposits into foreign currency on the other hand top lenders barebacked managed to double your deposits to over two billion dollars given the fact that oil prices are holding up very well above one hundred dollars per barrel given the fact that we're seeing signs. that are a stabilization in the global economy i think there was hope for the ruble gave the last round in the remainder of the year. also we see that the policy of the central bank is more active and supporting the rebel so this is why i believe. they will bill is more likely to appreciate from the current level than we can. in the remainder of this year. the minority shareholders of tank a b.p. have increased their claims against british partner b.p.
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they now want a thirteen billion dollars compensation following a collapse b.p.'s tie up with the initial request was a quarter of that at the beginning of the year and b.p. agreed to join to develop the rich actually feels but b.p. has russian partners in taking k.b. to eat block the deal saying you violated their rights and demanded part of the tie up the minority shareholders now want compensation for the revenues they could have made in the deal had come through. let's have a look at the markets now all those trading in the red the american petroleum institute reported us gasoline demand fell the most in more than five years in china exports climbed the least since february last month as imports slowed light sweet is dropping a dollar and a half trading at eighty four dollars a barrel and brand is a one hundred and nine dollars a barrel. stocks in europe are lower with the footsie falling from month to month high as mining companies declined following
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a report of slowing export growth in china germany's dax this shedding one point three percent in the cellar. and here in russia the markets are generally lower to the international energy agency reduced its global demand forecast for two thousand and twelve the r.t.s. is losing over over half a percent of the market is down nearly percent let's have a look at some individual channels on the rise of the sour the decline on the indexes led by gas problem with a down nearly one point two percent call is losing one percent the company says it's going to spend more than ten billion dollars a year over the next decade to develop new huge projects and polymath though is among the gainers the company has reported a forty percent increase in revenues in the first nine months of the year. questioned on one producer also is considering growing its business by overseas. acquisitions the commerce and daily reports that the firm's consultants. are
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encouraging it to purchase canada's a cutting lines the company the company accounts for three percent of global farmer production and is the key down that asset b.h.p. billiton the anglo australian mining major controls eighty percent of all we're also a potential acquisition target and it's not yet known where the b.h.p. billiton would agree to sell the line but bt capital says the price could be as much as one and a half billion dollars. well it's a business update is back in forty five minutes with more hope you join me that.
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this is all to you live from moscow a recap of the top stories despite loyalists syria's capital activists salmi a new crackdowns saying clashes in the north of the country have left three people dead it's all as president assad has promised to a stop committee to draw up a new constitution global pressure continues to fail. in the united states protesters determined to stamp out corporate greed take their grievances to the doors of the wealthy they accuse big business of trying to buy elections despite having been beaten pepper sprayed and arrested determination is a new spread. in concern over japan's nuclear fall.